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April 16, 1999

Oscar Mayer Recalls Authentic Cotto Salami

WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that Oscar Mayer is recalling Authentic Cotto Salami made with Chicken, Beef & Pork in 8-ounce packages.

The product was produced with the declared sodium nitrite cure, used to impart the characteristic color to the product, omitted from the formulation.

The recalled salami was produced February 22, 1999. All packages have "537A" in the U.S. Department of Agriculture seal and bear either the code, "A MAY 20" or "B MAY 20" in the upper right corner on the front of the package.  The product was distributed to retail markets nationwide and military commissaries in Hawaii.

The firm was informed by a customer that the product lacked the typical cured meat color and had a dark brown appearance. Further investigation by the firm disclosed the error in formulation.

Consumers with food safety questions may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday and recorded information is available 24 hours a day.

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